National Drug Facts week is January 27 through February 2, 20124 this year, and the Northeast Health District is supporting this initiative by spreading the word about the myths of drug use among teens.
Every day, teens are bombarded with conflicting messages that may leave them feeling confused and unsure of who to ask for information about drug use. With 7.4% of teens reporting abuse of prescription drugs in the past year, and 22.6% of 12th graders reporting use of marijuana in the past month, it’s crucial to reach teens with the facts.
Here are some more facts about teens and drug abuse that may surprise you:
- 1 in 10 8th graders have tried an inhalant to get high.
- The most common two-drug combination resulting in death is prescription pain killers and alcohol.
- In 2009, 6.3% of 16 and 17 year olds reported driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States, causing about 1 in ever 5 early deaths.
- Some young people who abuse opioid painkillers like OxyContin switch to using heroin.
Our Teen Matters clinics are a free, confidential resource for teens ages 11 to 19 to learn more about their health and how drug use can affect them. Our Health Educators can talk with teens one-on-one at the clinics, and they are also available to visit groups or schools to speak about drug use and teen health using our FLASH curriculum.
Learn more about National Drugs Facts week by visiting www.drugabuse.gov.